Who is the most intelligent song lyricist who ever lived?

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  1. mcrickson

    mcrickson Reckless Endangerment

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    My vote goes to Howard Devoto. Who is in your opinion? :)
     
  2. VacancyForABackscrubber

    VacancyForABackscrubber New Member

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    Um, I don't know, what about Morrissey?

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    Raised on prisoner's aid Rusholme Ruff.

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    This.
     
  4. snowfallsoon

    snowfallsoon motherfucker approved

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    i don't know about EVER...
    but my vote goes to John Darnielle
     
  5. penfoldsfive

    penfoldsfive resident alien

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    well im a homer on this one, but what about richey edwards?
     
  6. Robert Neville

    Robert Neville maladjusted

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    Yes.:)
     
  7. SomeFormOfSusan

    SomeFormOfSusan Houmossexual

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    Leonard Cohen is amazing.
     
  8. Scarlet Ibis

    Scarlet Ibis The Chicken of D.C.

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    I don't know if only one can be picked because there are so many ways to be clever. Certainly Morrissey's in the top five. He's number one for me, actually.
     
  9. snowfallsoon

    snowfallsoon motherfucker approved

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    I'm waiting for someone to say Johnny Cash
     
  10. Corrissey

    Corrissey lovable loser

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    Johnny Cash

    Tho, my vote goes to Pete Townsend* :guitar:
    *I do not know his IQ
     
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  11. j0wled

    j0wled New Member

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    I like Martin Fry from ABC. He made me laugh. But also think?
     
  12. Pachinko

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    I have two- Bob Dylan and Neil Finn.
     
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    j0wled New Member

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    When Neil is on form he's fantastic, but there have been misses. Chocolate Cake is infamously jarring and ugly, lyrically. Sometimes he pushes the whimsy button too hard.
     
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    j0wled- I agree with you on that one. I wasn't a fan of Chocolate Cake either! I know what you mean, though, regarding the whimsy factor. ;)
     
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    As far as the family goes, he's well ahead of his son, or Tim. Not that Tim's awful. But I don't really care for Liam at all.
     
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  16. Pachinko

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    LOL. I know what you mean. I had the good fortune of seeing Split Enz back in 1982 when they came to San Diego, and they wore electric blue glittery suits! They were promoting their album, "True Colours". Tim was the frontman, and poor Neil looked so scared. Anyway, that was my Split Enz experience. I've seen Neil many times since and he never disappoints. (well, he did disappoint when he had Neil Young as his guest performer one time. Not really a Neil Young fan. :blushing: )

    Yes, Tim can kind of be out there! I did buy Liam's CD, (I'll Be Lightening) and I really didn't care for it. I thought he might be a chip off the old block but I was sooo wrong. Oh well. It's so good to chat with ya! Kia Ora! :D
     
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  17. mick ransommich

    mick ransommich New Member

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    My vote goes to Nigel Blackwell (Half Man Half Biscuit) :)

    For over 25 years he has enhanced my life with his words...

    Everything's A.O.R (adult orientated rock)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hx6VQfkZt7k

    'Bubble perm
    Ever since your bubble perm
    I’ve gone ex-directory
    Just in case you need me

    Swivel chair
    In your leather swivel chair
    You can turn your back on me
    Leave me in the out-tray

    She’s the main man in the office in the city
    And she treats me like I’m just another lackey
    But I can put a tennis racket up against my face
    And pretend that I am Kendo Nagasaki

    Executive
    Think you’re all executive
    But I could still upset you with
    Millican and Nesbitt

    Acumen
    Loads of business acumen
    But can you remember when
    You would die for Flintlock

    Mary oh Mary
    Quite ordinary
    Tell me how does your CD collection grow
    With Sade and Whitney
    Vandross and T’Pau
    Everything’s AOR

    She’s the main man in the office in the city
    And she treats me like I’m just another lackey
    But I can put a tennis racket up against my face
    And pretend that I am Kendo Nagasaki..' [​IMG]
     
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  18. Uncleskinny

    Uncleskinny It's all good Subscriber

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    That guy out of 2 Unlimited was by far the most intelligent lyricist ever. However, his actual lyrics were fecking appalling.:thumb:

    Peter
     
  19. EPbabe

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    What's the difference between best and most intelligent? Anyway, my views won't really change on this, so I'll go for Leonard Cohen and Morrissey.
     
  20. Uncleskinny

    Uncleskinny It's all good Subscriber

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    The most intelligent I've heard (not the most intelligent who ever lived - I'm sure there was a 19th century Ecuadorean I've not heard of who was astounding) - is Neil Hannon. Exhibit one - the lyrics to 'Charge', bulging with knowing historical references, and likening the Crimean War to getting into a lady's knickers. Amazing.

    "Ladysmith wants you forthwith to come to her relief
    Burn your briefs you leave for France tonight
    Carefully cut the straps of the booby-traps
    and set the captives free
    But don't shoot 'til you see her big blue eyes
    The sound the charge (breathe your final breath)
    and charge into the valley of death
    Cannon to the left and cannon to the right
    they'll go bang bang bang all night
    We'll fight them on the beaches
    yes we'll fill'm full of lead
    fighting naked in the open air
    We'll fight them in the kitchen, in the bathroom
    in the garden shed
    fighting the good fight any-fighting-where
    So sound the charge (breathe your final breath)
    and charge into the valley of death
    Cannon to the left and cannon to the right
    They'll go bang bang bang all night
    There'll be a cannon to the left
    and cannon to the right
    They'll go bang bang bang bang
    bang bang bang all night...
    Hey baby, I lurve it when you talk sense to me
    'specially when you say lurve and let lurve
    I hear what your sayin'
    I have in ma hand a piece o'paper
    that says let's make lurve, not
    this
    phoney war thang
    (we're goin' over the top)
    Hah, you're so sexy when you're angry honey-child
    (Roaming around in no-man's
    land and gettin' caught in your
    barbed wire
    Hey baby gonna set your village on fire...)
    ..Come into my parlour said the spider to the fly
    Come inside and make yourself at home
    CHARGE, I'm gonna hit you where it hurts
    CHARGE, so sound the red alert!
    There'll be a cannon to the left...
    ..and cannon to the right
    (the hills are alive with the sound of)
    BANG BANG
    BANG BANG
    BANG BANG
    BANG BANG
    BANG BANG
    BANG BANG
    BANG BANG BANG
    all night!


    Peter
     
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